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Know more about Tarun Balani, 25, music composer, live in Chirag Enclave.

entertainment Updated: Jun 21, 2011 00:59 IST
Surabhi Chauhan
Surabhi Chauhan
Hindustan Times

Know more about Tarun Balani, 25, music composer, lives in Chirag Enclave.

Hometown: New Delhi
College: Berklee College of Music and Delhi University
Occupation: Jazz drummer/ composer/ creative director at Global Music Institute
Facebook friends: 1184
Best website: I watch a lot of concert clips on
Favourite Book: The mysticism of sound and music - The Sufi teaching of Hazrat Inayat Khan
Favourite musician: Tabla Maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain
Favourite film: Kundun by Martin Scorsese
Favourite bollywood film: Dil Chahta Hai by Farhan Akhtar
Favourite quote: “Practice” does not make you perfect, “perfect practice” makes you perfect
Water or wine: Water
One musician you would love to collaborate with: American jazz saxophonist Wayne Shorter
Favourite dive bar: Smoke House Grill at G.K. Part II
Country side or city lights: Country side
Italian or Indian cuisine: Indian
Who inspires you: My teachers and the musicians I work with
What inspires you: Life inspires me
Last purchase that you regret: An iPad ($500). Now I want an Ipad2
Delhi summer or Delhi winter: Delhi winter
Pet Cause: No pets please
Pet Peeve: When people don’t follow traffic rules
Favourite spot in Delhi: Humayun’s Tomb
Favourite moment in Delhi: Qawwali at Nizamuddin Dargah
Best date in the city: An Indian classical music concert at Nehru park followed by some butter chicken at Pandara Road
Money in your wallet: Rs 2000
Would love to have dinner with: Anna Hazare (only if he is not fasting) You can never have too many Drums!!!
Craziest thing you’ve ever done: Got a tattoo when I was 15
Rock or Jazz: Jazz
Favourite activity on a Sunday: Chilling with my dad
Best concert: Roy Haynes quartet at the The Village Vanguard, NYC
If you weren’t a musician, you would be: a photographer
Proudest moment as an artist: When Karsh Kale and Talvin Singh commented on my music.
Blackberry or iPhone: iPhone
Favorite Delhiite Sarod player: Ustad Amjad Ali Khan
Best food in Delhi: Chole bathure from Nagpal, Lajpat Nagar
The Beatles or Rolling Stones: How about Miles or Coltrane?
Favourite Delhi Slang: “Kya scene hai”
Best thing about living in Delhi: it is home

About him
Tarun Balani knew early on that he loved music. He worked as a drummer for bands like Advaita, Icognito, Artistes Unlimited and has been the first call drummer for Indian artistes like Faridkot, Ujwal Nagar, Suhail Khan, Donn Bhatt and Sajid Akhbar. Balani also leads his own group, the Tarun Balani Collective, which represents his vision as a composer, drawing from a world of influences, finding it’s expression in the modern jazz idiom.

Global Music Institute After having studied at the Berklee College of music on scholarship, Balani decided to return home and open a music institute with brother Aditya. Introducing a modern approach to music education, the school has a diverse international faculty and an added course on music business management and technology that they feel is essential for today’s working musicians. For more information, log on to

Catch him live
What: Jazz performance by Tarun Balani Collective, featuring renowned bass player and US composer Bruno Raberg.

When:July 4, 2011

Where: India Habitat Center

Nearest Metro station: Khan Market station on the Violet line

First Published: Jun 20, 2011 16:55 IST